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German Citizenship for Descendants of German Jews

Michael Decker
Michael Decker

Michael and Ariellah Waizman

For Advocate Joshua Pex.

We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.

The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!

The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.

We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!


German Jews were once among the most successful and numerous Jewish communities in all of Europe. This changed with the rise of the Nazi party in the 1930s and the Holocaust. Today, one of the ways Germany is seeking to address this issue is through its naturalization policy for descendants of German Jews. 

There are many reasons why you may wish to acquire German citizenship. Among other things, a European passport would allow you to travel, live, and work freely anywhere in the European Union. If you are the descendent of a German Jew (or another victim of the Nazi regime) who fled their country of birth either to escape the holocaust or its aftermath, you may be eligible for a German passport. In the past few years, Germany has made significant corrections to its laws in order to make this process simpler for the descendants of holocaust survivors.

German Citizenship for Descendants of German Jews

Information about German citizenship for descendants of German Jews

In Germany, due to recent amendments to the Nationality Act, all descendants of Jewish German citizens who left the country to escape the Nazi regime or in the aftermath of World War II, are eligible to apply for German citizenship. 

You are eligible to reclaim German citizenship even if you or your parents never had German citizenship – as long as you are directly descended from a German national whose citizenship was denied by the Nazi regime for religious, political, or racial reasons. (Previously, the law discriminated by the gender of the parent but this discrimination has been corrected now and it is no longer pertinent whether your ancestor is male or female). 

For more information on eligibility and the application, see the relevant articles.

Reasons to use legal experts

An application for citizenship requires filling out a significant amount of paperwork in German, and errors in your application could lead to a denial of your request which is very difficult and costly to appeal. Therefore, we recommend that you use the services of experienced attorneys to make sure that your application has the best chances of approval. 

Our law office specializes in immigration law and works with many descendants of German citizens in their naturalization application. 

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If you seek German citizenship on the basis of these new laws and regulations, please contact us. Advocate Michael Decker works on this issue, and he would be happy to help you. 

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